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Prom and graduation: safety comes first

Prom holds lifelong memories, and I did not go. I played sports at high schools in San Joaquin County but graduated from Tracy High in 1993 in a wheelchair. I never planned to end school like that.

As my holiday letter of 2014 stated, a drunken driver hit me head-on in 1992 when I was 16. I had a coma, paralysis, brain injuries, with broken and dislocated bones. I stayed seven months in two hospitals and 17 months with therapy followed. Not a life a teenager expects.

Some teens believe that drinking alcohol is mixed in with the fun. That is wrong, especially if driving is included. Why copy a drunken driver? Many of my hopes and dreams for my life vanished after a drunken driver hit me. I cannot drive and hear perfectly now, but I can walk. That is a huge achievement for me considering my injuries.



My letters throughout California and speeches at schools in the Central Valley brought sober drivers to the roads. As a proud partner with the CHP, we are determined to make that continue.

Teenagers, show us you have learned: Do not drink and drive. This saves lives, including yours.




Lori Martin

Tracy, Calif.


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